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, the president should be aware the jobs people are worried about in the united states are getting people back to work. we have 15 million people out of work. our priorities are skewed here. we have things to take care of her at home. why are we worrying about afghanistan? it really raises questions about the extent of the pentagon's influence on the administration. >> why do you think the president is doing it? many people thought the president came from the same side of the tracks that you're on, generally speaking, in terms of the limits of u.s. power in the world and the need to rejoin the world community and not to be hawkish. what do you make of his decision? why do you think he moved that direction? >> well, i think it's going to be a tough one to defend. and you're right about the -- we've seen the limits of u.s. coercion, and this government in afghanistan is a corrupt government. everyone knows that. sooner or later, the kind of consensus government which afghanistan has had historically is going to have to be reinstituted so people in afghanistan will have control over their own des
the united states senate votes on whether to let debate on the health care reform bill begin. the republicans are all voting nay. if the democrats can't get 60 votes, that's it. it's over. it looks like they can do it. health care leaves the senate station. the top of the show tonight. >>> plus president obama has his chin out on just about every hot issue out there. health care, terror trials, job losses, even the breast cancer report. he is exposed and vulnerable. his poll numbers are dropping. is he just too darned intellectual? too much the egg head? why did he bow to that japanese emperor? why did he pick tim geithner to be his economic front man? why all of this dithering over afghanistan? and who thought it was a wonderful idea to bring the killers of 9/11 to new york city? the media capital of the world to tell their story? is obama channeling adlai stevenson? and 46 years after the jfk assassination, sunday is the anniversary. we are still learning fascinating details in the frantic hours after the shooting. especially about lbj. the author of a new book on the kennedy assassination
of the united states. finally, i just think it's important to point out someone who remembers working in the white house before the state dinner would happen, it's the entire building is a buzz and it's really a way of sort of literally rolling out the red carpet of the united states to another member of the world community and it's such an important symbolic act. it can't be overstated to show that the united states wants to engage the rest of the world and show the united states respects cultures from around the world and let's not forget the president won by asian americans by a large margin so an important symbol here at home to that community. >> danny, as we wait to see the president and prime minister step out, we know they are behind closed doors and part of the conversation is certainly afghanistan and pakistan. you've got vice president dick cheney coming out critical of the administration saying it was dithering but what about making india a key player in whatever happens in afghanistan regarding the strategy? >> i would have to agree. i think our relationship with india wi
the train is leaving the station. tomorrow night the united states senate. votes on whether to let debate on the health care reform bill begin. the republicans are all voting nay. if the democrats can't get 60 votes, that's it. it's over. it looks like they can do it. health care leaves the senate station. the top of the show tonight. >>> plus president obama has his chin out on just about every hot issue out. there health care, terror trials, job losses, even the breast cancer report. he is exposed and vulnerable. his poll number are dropping. is he just too darned intellectual? too much the egg head? why did he bow to that japanese emperor? why did he pick tim geithner to be his economic front man? why thought dithering over afghanistan and who thought it was a wonderful idea to write the killers of 9/11 to new york city? the media capital of the world so they could tell their story? is obama channeling adlai stevenson? >>> and sunday is the anniversary of the jfk. what really happened in the frantic hours after the shooting. especially about lbj. the author of a new book on the kennedy
with the united states as the only nation in the industrialize think world that does not guarantee health care to all people. yet we spend substantially more than any other country and our outcomes are worse. clearly we need major health care reform. >> that's a point of view from the liberal democrats. senator greg, what is the republican view on health care? how is it different from the democrat view? this is a strict party line vote we're seeing tomorrow night. >> well, clearly we disagree with senator sanders. i really respect bernie's forthrightedness. he is telling it like it is, a single payer system like the english or canadian system. we genuinely believe a single payer system will undermine the quality of health care in this country. and it is not affordable. this bill is a $2.5 trillion-dollar bill. that's what it spends when it is fully phased in over a ten-year period. it would if it led to a single payer system. and i happen to think it is a precursor to that. put the government in charge of every aspect of health care in a very direct way so that you would end up with basically
the rest of us in the country. jim cantore tracking the weather in the rest of the united states. >> reporter: second busiest airport in the world through here. if you just showed this video today i would not think that this is probably a thanksgiving travel day. grant it, we are at terminal three, and this is a united hub which is terminal 1. this is not that bad. people are coming in and doing what they have to do, and some people peeved at the surcharge they have to pay for the first time this year, and everybody seems ton getti be getting alon. all in all, i would think, and i have been here before this would be busier at this time. airline travel down 62% since the year 2000. not surprising here. we will see rain rotate into chicago for tonight. i don't know if it will delay things, really. maybe a brief ground stop. that's all we are seeing in atlanta this morning. another piece to the system is coming down on wednesday night and thursday. that may give us enough for a white thanksgiving for chicago, and right now it's a warm city at 45 degrees. back to you, dylan? >> thank
president of the united states, not head of the republican party, she needs to broaden her coalition. the problem with that -- >> this country -- they might do it again. thank you ron brownstein, chris cilliz cillizza. join us tomorrow night at 5:00 eastern for more "hardball." time for "the ed show" with ed schultz zblrngs good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" tonight from new york. one week from tonight the president of the united states is going to lay out his strategy for afghanistan. newspapers are reporting today that the president will add, here's the number, 34,000 additional troops over the next year. president obama gave a preview to this decision this afternoon. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, i think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> finish the job. make no mistake, this is just one more mess that president obama has to mop up after the bush administration. bush was the president who drained resources from afghanistan so we could go invade iraq on that perfect
serious. look, they were in the same room, essentially, as the president of the united states, depending on the facts, depending on what this investigation concludes. there is the possibility of criminal charges, trespass or false statements. so, look, they will have to answer to the authorities about how it is that this was possible. and it's very, very serious, indeed. >> savannah guthrie, happy thanksgiving. great to see you all morning. thanks for joining us. >> reporter: sure. you, too, alex. >>> troops in iraq are being tre treated to a thanksgiving feast. here's some video courtesy of the department of defense. the troops in afghanistan are also sitting down to a turkey dinner. and they're even seeing a little nfl pro football there. that is where we find nbc's jim maceda for the goods, checking out the food, football and all the festivities there. how are the troops celebrating and how is it going this morning, jim? >> reporter: boy, i tell you, this has been going now for close to eight hours. it's gone from lunch into a dinner. and it's louder, and the place behind me -- you ca
. there are goals on the table. there's a mission ranges the united states wants to talk b. i think there could be more calibrated areas of success than the cold yes or no that comes in the olympics. and he's going to be one of many heads of states there association the whole dynamic is different. it would be hard for him not to show up, this is a long meeting. he will be there a day to make an address. >> in terms of the rest of the heads of state, there was some issue, the president's going to hit that on december 9, towards the beginning when the majority of the heads of states are coming later in this conference. >> reporter: well, i don't know if that is good or bad but probably it means that he won't be ameshed in some of the inter and intra, multilateral dealings that will go on. but there are going to be many cabinet members coming and going and other high officials from the united states so it's not like there won't be a seat at the table by the united states with a high level official. >> to what extent, john, does this give a conference which had pretty low expectations originally, a
them for karzai or is the united states sending these troops because of the united states' own security interests. if it's the united states' own security interests, which is the argument that the president makes, then the president is somewhat undercut his own leverage with karzai because his biggest argument to karzai is if you don't clean up the corruption, if you don't train the afghan troops, then the u.s. troops are leaving. and karzai can come back and say, and who does that hurt? >> david, let me ask you about the costs of the strategy. we assessed the financial costs of the troops and more troops, it is enormous. i was talking a few minutes to general mccaffrey on last hour and he said an honest accounting of strategy to succeed is $15,000 casualties in a five-year commitment. that's what it will take in order to be successful. if the president is willing to ask the american people for such a commitment, do you think the american people are willing to pay it? >> you have to remember at this point the united states is in year eight of this war, so if you took a strategy of five
. the entertainment should be pretty cool. plus the national symphony and you have the wonderful united states marine band. >> lynn sweet, lynn, thanks so much. appreciate it, as always. >> thank you. >>> and david, in the bigger picture, what is the significance of president obama choosing india as the first country to host a state dinner? here's what the president said today after a two-hour meeting with the prime minister. >> india will play a pivotal role in meeting the major challenges that we face today. and this includes my top economic priority, creating good jobs with good wages for the american people. so i believe that the relationship between the united states and india will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. >> and joining us live is nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, also the host of "andrea mitchell reports" right here on msnbc. thanks, andrea, for joining us. >> great to be here. >> let's start off with jobs and broadening trade ties. the president talked about the need for employment and how these two countries are linked very much that
hands with the president of the united states. look at that picture. the prime minister of india is standing a few feet away. now, then they go have -- let's get a picture with joe. joe's a good guy. can i get my hands on the vice president? apparently they've been used to doing this kind of stuff. look, folks. let me play this for just a moment. what if they were experts in martial arts? what if they had some kind of poison or undetectable drug on them? the secret service failed big-time here. now they're scrambling to figure out, oh, gosh, what went wrong? the "washington post" had this report. these folks, they were allowed inside, in violation of secret service policies by an outside officer of the front gate who was persuaded by the couple's manner and insistence as well as pressure of keeping lines moving on a rainy evening. well, i think there has to be a no-tolerance policy in all of this. you don't play games with the president's safety. let's see now. this is a president who has had a 400% increase in death threats. he gets about 30 a day. not to mention it's very disre
and the last thing we need to do is see the united states fall into that trap when really, we should be focused on american security and the security of the american people and issues like health care are number one. >> jack rice, what does the president have to do to get a successful conclusion in afghanistan? he and the united states? will 35,000 more troops do it? >> no, it went. what we have decided is we have tied ourselves to an imp comp enter regime. that's a fact. whether we put 10,000 or 30,000 more troops in. one more little twist to this, one of the things that is apparently going to happen, we're going to focus in on the cities. you know who else tried that? the russians. the soviets did the same thing. they determined they couldn't do this, either. this is absolutely true. the britts invaded into afghanistan twice and lost. the soviets have done this. nobody has ever successfully taken afghanistan and frankly, i have a hard time believe thag the americans are going to be any different. >> here is the president yesterday giving us a preview. >> after eight years, some of those years
of the president of the united states wearing a turbine. at the bottom it says, quote, wake up, america, remember ft. hood. joining me now is a man behind this billboard, mr. phil wolf. good to have you with us tonight. thank you for your time. >> thank you, sir. >> why did you take out this billboard? >> i think this billboard's a combination of some frustrations on questions that haven't been answered by the president. >> such as? >> let's start with where's he from? what's his background? who is he? is he american? what does he stand for? >> okay. so you obviously don't think that the president of the united states is an american citizen. >> i don't. >> okay. what evidence do you have that he's not an american citizen? >> well, i think the evidence has to be shown that he would be. that would seem to be the simpleleft thing to do. >> we missed this in the vetting process? as a country we screwed up? >> possible. >> what does jihad mean to you, mr. wolf? >> to me it means it's an extreme element of a struggle to overcome somebody. it can be interpreted probably some different ways, but to me it
, michael, on the side of the united states in terms of a commitment to afghanistan and that doesn't just mean our european allies but also pakistan where do we stand with that country? >> you know, i'm not sure what the latest is. clearly, the president has been -- the president and his top people have been pushing for months now greater cooperation from pakistan on helping to resolve this situation. obviously, you know, there's deep distrust between the pakistanis and afghanistan, especially the government in afghanistan now being as shaky as it is. one thing that did happen today, the brits announced that nato allies will be providing about an additional 5,000 troops, which gives president obama a little bit of wiggle room to maybe go somewhat lower than he might otherwise have, below the 40,000 that general mcchrystal originally subjected. >> michael shear and barry mccaffrey, thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to you. >>> following breaking news in utah county, a rescue team working to free a man trapped in a cave. the 26-year-old is stuck 150 feet underground in what's called t
to protect the president of the united states without anyone coming in. now because social office did not have that other layer of checks and balances [ inaudible ] this happened. [ inaudible ] >> i'm going to let the investigation put the onus on where the onus should be. >> how much more complicated is it for robert gibbs the rest of the folks in the white house given that desiree rogers in the office as close to the obamas as anybody in the white house? >> absolutely. she is part of the inner circle at the obama white house. so, of course, people at the white house are going to be reluctant to cast any blame or aspersions on one of the best friends of the first family. and we don't really know. i'm not saying that the blame belong there is at this point. but it is interesting there was this change of procedures that may have contributed to the lapse. nobody looks good here, could you argue bravo, which may have unwiltingly encouraged the salahis to do this. >> a lot we don't know as well about as well. worth knowing. >> michael isikoff writes the blog, declassified. thanks for comi
proposes the united states will win the war. as it stands, there are 68,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan, and there's every indication today that mr. obama will announce he plans to deploy an additional 30,000 to 35,000 u.s. troops. back in august, general stanley mcchrystal, the top u.s. commander in if afghanistan, argued that a troop increase was essential, and that the u.s. had a window of a year or less to stabilize the country before the cause would be lost. today at the white house, spokesman robert gibbs gave a broad preview of the president's speech. >> the president will reiterate the importance of why we're there. but also, by all means, very early on acknowledge the tremendous cost and sacrifice to our men and women in uniform. >> as the white house prepares for tomorrow night's address, there is great anticipation in afghanistan where u.s. troops are ratcheting up the fight with taliban and al qaeda forces for much of the year. and tamron, u.s. troops have been waiting for this decision ever since august when the top u.s. commander may h made his initial request. >> and davi
attacks on the united states. >> will there be a timeline? will we know, look, if in three years things aren't getting better we are going to revisit or we are revisiting every six months or some sort of timetable we will hear from the president? >> you'll hear the president discuss some very specific benchmarks to measure our progress and make sure we understand even as we go along what we are doing and whether we are meeting the very lofty goals we ultimately set out. the president will underscore for the american people this is not an open ended conflict. we will not be here forever. we have to pass this on to the afghans. >> robert, is the president going to brief mcchrystal? is he going to be at west point? >> we are trying to figure out the logistics. general mcchrystal and iken berry are half a world away. suffice it to say before the president walks out at west point he will have walked general mcchrystal and ambassador ikenberry the orders for the mission going forward to secure afghanistan and ultimately transfer that responsibility back to the afghans. >> does the president v
thoroughly throughout the united states and their doctors. the second thing really important is cervical cancer testing, the pap test, is the most effective cancer elimination tool there is. nobody is saying that women should not get their pap smears, their pap test for cervical canceller. the issue is whether at what age you should start as you pointed out. the reason for making it 21 for all women instead of trying to guess or have a girl say when she started sexual activity, is that the test that you need to find abnormal cells can cause damage to a woman's future fertility. and it's a slow-growing cancer. even if a young woman is on her way to getting cancer, the argument goes can you put it off for a few years, but always get regular pap tests. >> you make a great point, bob, that these are not tied. this is just coincidence but with that said, it is still qufg confusing. >> absolutely. can i see why it is confusing. a big difference. there is a debate about about how effective mammograms are, especially women in their 40s. there is no debate about the effectiveness of pap test. the
in the state of missouri and across the united states. so we made our point. we did our job. and now we are waiting for the verdict. >> well, doctor, you point out a larger issue. some of the reports out that i've read indicate there have been racial tensions in this town and this may, if you will, be the straw to break the camel's back for those who live in the african-american and minorities in the town. >> well, my father is a cop and has been for 30 years. so i have a lot of respect for good law enforcement, but the problem is, though, we know officers sometimes abuse their authority and in this up to, i have had lots and lots of people, particularly people of color, who sent me e-mails and faxes describing incidents very disturbing to me. and so what we are trying to do is simply take this information and also take this statistical data gathered to the attorney general of the united states and the attorney general for the state of missouri and simply ask them to conduct an investigation. it doesn't mean we are accusing anybody of any wrongdoing, but the truth is you can't destroy l
it now. let me show you a new poll that just came out about the president of the united states. i find this confounding. it's a public policy poll. it's done by a democratic pollster. here's the number, 52% of republicans nationwide think a.c.o.r.n., the welfare group, stole the election for president obama, versus 27% who think he won it legitimately. your party is so tough on obama that a majority of them told a pollster that a.c.o.r.n. is competent enough as an organization to steal a presidential election and give it to the democrat. what do you view -- is this about a psyche out there that people are mad at the guy and willing to say, yeah, they stole it? even a.c.o.r.n. did it? what's going out there in the minds of people? >> i wouldn't invest a lot of money based on what that poll says. i did see a poll today or had one discussed with me that said the president that 73% of people of the united states find the president likable or think he's a nice person. >> 74%, yeah. >> but 40% agree with him. and i find both of those numbers very realistic. people want our president to succe
in norway and it was immediately reported. the cdc in the united states and the world health organization are both watching this very closely, but there is no reason to think this potentially dangerous strain is spreading further than these few cases. but stay tuned. everybody is going to be on top of this very quickly. there is no evidence yet of any further danger from influenza because of these strains. it is the kind of surveillance that really needs to be done very actively. >> all right. thank you very much. you can expect much more about this over the controversy of the screening of cancer guidelines on "meet the press." ambassador nancy brinker from the sues an g. komen foundation and dr. nancy snyderman will join the moderator david gregory to discuss it. you can see much more of the controversy over these screening guidelines on "meet the press." >>> just ahead, our face-off on tomorrow's showdown in the united states senate. does harry reid have the 60 votes he needs? >>> plus, chicken little and a city council meeting. yep. chicken little showed up. we'll ruffle your feathers
of which the united states has a surplus of. >> that's why we had all those treasury actions today. to finance stuff. >> on that note, happy thanksgiving. >> so depressed. we're having a drunk turkey later on. maybe you should hang around for that after that discussion. >>> more young adults are heading home for the holidays and staying there. a new pew research poll finds 10% of people 35 and younger say they moved back home with their parents because of the recession. that's not the only life change they're making. 12% got a roommate. 15% put off getting married. 14% delayed having a baby. >> although if you get married doesn't that double your income? >> i guess. but you got to pay for the wedding. >> no. elope. >>> a washington espresso stand is making a buzz. some parents in the city are not happy because it opened across from a public playground and a day care center where they've never seen women in swim suits. not the first of its kind either in the area. but the location draws protests at city council meetings. there it is. >> i wonder why they only have video through the
celebrate the growing partnership between the united states and india. mr. prime minister, today we work to fulfill our duty, bring our countries closer together than ever before. tonight under the stars we celebrate the spirit that will sustain our partnership, the bonds of friendship between our people. >> all right. according to "the washington post," a new forecast from the federal reserve shows the nation's unemployment rate will stay elevated for years. >> oh, my goodness, this is just bad news for america. >> it does, especially after yesterday's news about the real unemployment rate. in october, the figure hit 10th.2%, a 26-year high. >> we talked about how it's going to affect the elections in 2010 around here because we talk about politics, but this recession may affect the 2012 election and the 2014 election. when we talk about, mort, that we've reset the economy, that we're not going to be driven by just crazed consumerism, that means something. we either start building things here in this country again, or this economy doesn't turn around, and people don't get back to work.
, there are members of the congress who sent a letter to the president of the united states back in april request agameting to sit down for the very purposes of doing what you just described. you know, being at the table and talking about health care. they're still waiting for the meeting. the senate and house leadership staffs weren't a part of those late-night meetings that took place for the very bill that was voted on. all this dog and pony show with grassley is nice theater but the staff, senior staff and leadership of the party have not been at the table and it's not been a bipartisan process and over 800 amendments on the house bill alone were rejected. so, you mean to tell me out of 800 ideas put on the table, not one of them could be put in the bill? this is the frustration that a lot of people have with this process, not to mention the fact that we were told this was all going to be transparent and it hasn't been. >> well, i grant you all your arguments and all your points about the way the house operates because the house has different rules and, as you know, they certainly were not wo
tonight with potential danger for democrats pushing for health care reform in the united states senate. senate democrats scored a major victory saturday night in their vote to allow debate to go forward on health reform. democrats needed every member of their caucus to stay in line, and they did. that, it turns out, was the easy part. the hard part, getting every one of those senators to stay on board to allow the final vote on health care reform. as things stand tonight, that will not happen. tonight, four members of the democratic caucus are pledging to block that final vote if the public option that's in the bill stays in the bill. perhaps as a result tonight, there is growing talk about compromise. this dead lock in the democratic caucus has reportedly led majority party harry reid to begin searching fortwo possible compromise solutions. one is the triggered option offered by senator olympia snowe of maine and the other by democratic senator tom carper of delaware. at this point, the pressure is on harry reid to deliver on the reform that he's been promising. after saturday night's
attacks against the united states. does he have this kind of information for future terrorists attacks? will he provide that? is it worth going down the road of enhanced interrogation techniques to just get at what he might have or may have versus what we know we can already prosecute him for? >> let's deal with the concept of too dangerous to prosecute or the third class of prisoner. how do you begin and what is your respective thought? >> well, on the field of battle you have one set of rules and then capturing somebody and bringing them back here and prosecute them in a court. i think that's the model for how you handle these types of dangerous war criminals. but the fact of a trail it elevates at every level every principle we believe in. >> it creates a terrorists threat -- >> yeah, always a risk of that. but the reality is either they will be taken overseas in the military context or if we capture them we can bring them back here and handle it and win the verdict. >> and the evidence after waterboarding? >> it will not be suppressed. they will say this type of interrogation may n
, it was a terrific event for india, for the united states. and it's just so darn sad that these two wackos have to get the attention three straight days on the front page of the "washington post." i mean, "the new york times." >> alex, i can't say this couple is losers. i don't know who they are. i never heard of the guy running the polo club or whatever it is. they've been on every tv show, the front page. brian williams, i understand, led with him and he was discussing the incident. the whole country is talking about this three or four days after the dinner, and they're -- >> so, in this country, we are so obsessed with fame and we've got the whole reality tv obsession going, does this mean these two have a future on the social circuit there in washington? are they now the top dogs? >> see, this is the trouble with this. pat and i were talking about this, alex. look, how do you become to be famous? pretty easy, facebook. but this is also the time people around their thanksgiving tables are talking about this stuff. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. i was, too! >> everybody knows more about this than they
they decide they can extradite him to the united states. you see some snow. crews have now had to plow the road up to his ski chalet because of the heavy snowfall, perhaps delaying his return to the ski chalet, where he's free to have parties, have friends over, do whatever he wants. live the roman polanski lifestyle in gestadt. he can't leave his property. 19,000 square feet, he might have skiing on his property. looks like mr. polanski is going to be a-okay after all. >> if you drug and rape a 13-year-old girl, this can happen to you. it sends a strong message. we've got to send a strong message to polanski. >> this is very typical of you avoiding the facts. he won an academy award. >> my bad. >> mika, this next story is dedicated to you. >> thank you. >> i know obesity is a grave concern to you. not so much to joe and myself. >> oh, come on, it's very important. >>> the fattest countries in the world. the official list is out. do you want to take a wild guess? i think you know the answer. >> i would think us. >> yes. >> big fat america. >> a version of us is at the top of the list.
for millions of americans to come on the roll to have the same kinds of plans we have in the united states senate. i have a bill right now that i plan to offer as an amendment if the -- if the situation occurs that i can. and i would like to see health care reform. i ran on health care reform, and i would love to see appropriate health care reform occur. >> well, here's the problem. 39 republicans, including you, voted unanimously friday night not even to bring up the health care reform bill, and your party has been in power many years with reagan and later with george w. bush. you have controlled both houses of congress, and never did you do health reform. and now you go out there and complain and vote unanimously against the democrats, even bringing the bill up for debate. how can you defend your party, your party, on health reform when they never have done anything? >> well, i'm just -- i can only speak for myself, chris. >> well, you can't. you voted with your party. are you a republican, sir? >> yeah. >> well, your party. explain its positions over the years. over your years your part
with then plan attacks on the united states. that's all part of the process that the president will outline on tuesday from west point. >> there will be a timeline? will we know, look, if in three years these things aren't getting better, we're going to revisit. or is it we're revisiting every six months. or is there going to be some sort of timetable we'll hear from the president? >> you'll hear the president discuss some very specific benchmarks to measure our progress and to make sure that we understand, even as we go along, what we're doing and whether we're meeting the very lofty goals we ultimately set out. the president will understand -- i'm sorry. underscore for the american people this is not an open-ended conflict, that we will not be here forever. we have to pass these on to the afghans. it's their responsibility to secure their country. >> robert, is the president going to brief general mcchrystal in person in some form? is general mcchrystal going to be at west point on tuesday? should we expect to see that? >> we're trying to figure out the logistics. obviously, general mcchr
back to "the ed show." on saturday, more than half of the united states senate will be trying to get health care reform done for the american people. the republicans will be trying to block debate on the bill. people are being denied coverage or dropped from coverage, families are going bankrupt. you know the numbers, and the republicans don't even want to talk about it. but they can't do it alone. you see, they need joe lieberman or ben nelson to break with the democrats to come on over to their camp. ben nelson is bragging about being the lone democrat to kill health care. he says today -- >> well, actually it's not. any way, let's bring in senator john barrasso of wyoming. we've gone back and back for six or seven months. you're kind of heading up the republican rapid response team. every time some news comes out, you're out there getting after it. so i give you credit for being in the debate on all of this. so i have to ask you, senator, is there anything that you can embrace in this senate bill as we move forward? >> well, not the overall bill. it doesn't deal with junk lawsuits
no better friend than the united states. >> india will play a pivotal role in meeting the major challenges we face today. this includes my top economic priority. creating good jobs with good wages for the american people. so i believe that the relationship between the united states and india will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. >> tonight's black tie affair on the white house south lawn in that structure is expected to draw 320 of washington and hollywood elite. and headlines the night's entertainment lineup, grammy winner jennifer hudson. nbc's norah o'donnell joins us live from washington. in terms of culture, is there a reason why the administration picked india? that maybe it means more to indians in terms of culture than, say, other countries? >> reporter: yeah. india, of course, the world's second largest or the world's largest democracy. the u.s. the other world's largest democracy. and so that was important. also because it's very important as a global economic power house. so that's one way -- that's one reason that the white house chose india to honor the
the rest of the world sees, this is about the united states standing up and saying that due process is important. >> jack's intention that if al qaeda wanted to do something, if they could do something they would be doing it already right now? >> i have been saying that for years, al qaeda is not holding back, if they have the capability of attacking in the united states, they will. this trial could last three, four, five years and in that period maybe they will have the capability of attacking it. having this trial in southern manhattan almost assures that they come back to new york. >> new york city, although it is a number one target also have extraordinary security measures around it. having this trial of the century in lower manhattan significantly lowers the threat to that city over a three five-year period. >> that's the point that she makes again. and i appreciate your point there, but the problem is that the capacity question is the fundamental issue, even if they couldn't touch new york for whatever reason, if they could hit chicago, they would hit kia cook. muk tar the br
anxiety, andrea, because they are afraid that the united states has bigger fish to fry in the region than india. they're very upset about the china trip. some of the biggest criticisms of the united states came from new delhi that the u.s. and, of course, to the west. afghanistan and pakistan. india has a very, as you pointed out, tense relationship with pakistan. the overwhelming majority of pakistani troops are on the border with india and not in the northwest frontier fighting this taliban insurgency. the mumbai attacks of a year ago were inspired by groups in pakistan. in the 1990s, pakistan even intervened and took a chunk out of indian territory and almost caused a gigantic war. so, india wants to be assured that our policy tour china is not going to marginalize indian concerns and also the policy of helping pakistan fight insurgents on its territory is not going to cause heartache in india about pakistani intervention in india. so, india has a lot of concerns. it's not a place where president obama is especially popular right now. >> well, thank you very much. steve weisman, jim ho
a scene here around the capitol, weekend session for the united states senate. >> thanks, mike. >>> the mixed messages surrounding new controversial mammogram guidelines. the federal government is now backing away from recommendations by an independent task force that women in their 40s bypass mammograms, the more relaxed approach prompted a flurry of outrage by experts and politicians alike. critics argue the new recommendations might be picked up by insurance companies and could lead to rationing. another critics says it would have the affect of death panels n a statement, health and human service s secretary kathleen sebelius distanced herself saying the task force presented new evidence for consideration, the policies remain unchanged, keep doing what you are doing for years. ann curry asked secretary sebelius to advise women to ignore the recommendations or no. >> ignore the recommendations of the flannel, looking globally at tens of thousands of cases but then take that information and have a conversation with your doctor. >> are you saying that women should still conside
have more population than the united states does. huge militaries. they are almost unusable. the rules of engagement are very constra constrained. only the brits have gotten in there with good training, leadership and willing to take casually. the canadians are taking out. the dutch are coming out. the german's hopefully, are staying in, they and the french. >> savannah guthrie joining us from the white house. what is the latest you are hearing on the numbers of troops? >> reporter: my best information now is the number the president will ask for in his speech is 30,000 additional troops with a real emphasis on training up afghan security forces so they can take over. the notion being there could be a beginning of combat troops as early as 200. the real emphasis the training up the afghan security forces. as i said, all indications are the president will ask for 30,000 troops tomorrow night. a caveat, this is a moving target. it's been known to change and can change, even in the final hours before the big speech tomorrow night. >> elisabeth and senator lugar was saying yesterday, let m
the united states. our field units are reporting to us 40% increase. 60% increase. and in some major markets, they're talking about 100% increase. >> major, what's the goal for the salvation army in terms of cash raising this year? i understand you can also use debit cards as well? >> we've gotten into the electronic age, that's for sure. the interesting thing about our national fund-raising is that it's not national. it really is local. and every local community across america sets their own goal based upon the needs of that community. last year we raised $130 million in those red kettles, and that was on the front edge of the recession. we had a full year impact, and we're fou wondering if we can equal that amount this year. we would be absolutely ecstatic if we could raise at least the $130 million that we raised a year ago. >> okay. it is a lofty goal. we certainly hope you meet it. major george hood with the salvation army. happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >>> good news for unemployed americans looking for work this holiday. first time jobless claims are below 500,0
flying back to the united states after attending hamid karzai's inauguration in afghanistan. clinton says that she is encouraged by karzai's pledge to crack down on corruption in his government. there has been a lot of pressure on him to do that. karzai also said his security forces will be prepared to take over full control from coalition forces within five years. clinton told american troops in kabul that washington has no illusions about the difficulty of the afghan mission. she cited the importance of the u.s. civilian effort, as well in what is going on in afghanistanment coming up, palin answers questions about john mccain, and his former aide. politico's jim vanderhide joining us next. from ft. wayne, indiana. >> i think she is definitely a pioneer. >> she has already changed the face of america. and she is just an incredible, inspirational person to many us. some pharmacists only dispense prescriptions. your walgreens pharmacist also dispenses wisdom... to help you make the right health care decisions. like understanding medicare part d. we'll walk you through a free plan comparis
in the united states since fleeing the country in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. >>> we will head to jerusalem now where prime minister netanyahu is proposing a ten-month seize on construction. the plan is an attempt to sa restart the peace talks. it wouldn't include jerusalem the holy city claimed by palestinians for a future capital. >>> tokyo, robots of all shapes, sizes and functions on display today in tokyo at the international robot exhibition. one of the stars of the show is the omni zero 1,000. it looks like a transformer robot and can walk, turn itself into a car and is strong enough to lift a grown man over its head. >> nice. that guy sat down on one of them. he sat down. >> i missed t rerack it. >>> are climate change researchers really hiding evidence about global warming? a live report on a new controversy involving stolen memos and the politics of science. >>> plus, going to take you inside the glitz and the glamour of president obama's first state dinner. you are watching "the big picture," only on msnbc. pie reql the ability to gracefull
helping the american taxpayer or, for that matter, representing the united states. what happened to the messesage of change and is it that americans are losing faith in the messenger and, as a result, politicians behaving in a more and more self-interested manner? forget america's next top model. we have the winner of washington's next great pundit. we're going to try to outspin the spinner in a little bit here. >>> no spin here. millions of americans are packing planes, trains and automobiles for the great thanksgiving get-awane we are live on the travel front for you for the obvious reason. it's 10:00 a.m. do pull up a chair and join the "morning meeting." >>> go big and then go home. the president preparing to walk a very fine line this coming tuesday night, expecting to tell the american people that by sending tens of thousands more troops to afghanistan, that the war will end much faster. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, i think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> and a new pol
of this government, as it is in the united states not to negotiate with these pirates. >> how about number of hijackings, has there been an increase lately? >> there was a lull briefly after the "maersk alabama" was taken. that same ship was attacked again in the indian ocean last week. they fended off the attack, but it's a reminder that those pirates are still out there. with this british couple, what we have seen is that they were actually further south than most of the hijackings previously and it shows that these pirates are moving further out into the ocean and using their own infrastructure using the ships and other boats they have seized to help facilitate the transport of these hostages back to somal somalia. >>> police arrested 41 students at the university of california berkeley during bro tests yesterday after they barricaded themselves inside a school building. the group was cited and released shortly afterward. >>> kathleen sebelius has come out against new mammogram guidelines from a u.s. task force. the health and human services basically telling women andmen insurance comp
to be the president of the united states,s that not enough votes to get her there. and there's no part of this book that shows her moving to the center or trying to attract independents to get those votes if that is what she wants to zblochlt what about the significance if any of palin visitsing washington, rochester, new york, pennsylvania today? >> i still think that the places that she's chosen the people aren't going to go there that are going to wait in line for three hours are her supporters. they love her and they want that signature, they want those books for themselves, they want to give them as christmas presents, so i don't think they should look at that as trying to bribe the base at all. >> we want an excuse to show some of these pictures. how much more can levi johnston get out of his 15 minutes of pain? >> he's going to milk it as much as possible, as long as the money is coming in, he's going to go for it and i guess we'll see how much popularity he gets from these photos. >> do you think sarah palin is going to mention much more of the photos in this whole playgirl shoot? >> i thin
. if she wants to be elected president of the united states, not head of the republican party, she needs to broaden her coalition. the problem with that -- >> this country bet on it before and they might do it again. thank you ron. thank you chris. join us tomorrow night at 5:00 eastern for more "hardball." "countdown" starts now. bltsds bltsds >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the plan to sink joe lieberman. could his vote be replaced with snowe or collins? why can't lieberman remember why he's opposed to the public option? he's given six different answers in six months. >> all we are asking is let the senate consider these issues one by one. if joe lieberman carries the day, so be it. if he doesn't, she shouldn't stop everyone from voting on it. our special guest, congressman allen grayson. the president and afghanistan. the decision looms with an exit strategy attached. >> it's my intention to finish the job. >> the intention of the shameless chicken hawk criticizing from a secure undisclosed location. >> i worry there's a lack of understanding there, what
and the united states can actually create economic well being in southeast asia and bring pakistan into the mix, solve the kashmir problem and bring about a nonmilitary solution in afghanistan. i don't believe there are any military solutions. i think there are only economic solutions. this is a great opportunity and both president obama and prime minister monmohan singh spoke eloquently how we need to bury the past and envision a new future. >> deepak chopra. thank you very much. >> it was wonderful. >>> tens of thousands of american troops spend thanksgiving overseas most without their families. the vice president's wife dr. jill biden says it is vitally important to remember our soldiers and their families. msnbc's chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell sat down with dr. biden exclusively. >> reporter: dr. jill biden is very private. she stays out of the spotlight. one issue she is not shy about, it's our wounded warriors and military families. i spoke to her about that and how she is settling into her new role. >> hi. welcome to our new home. >> reporter: have you spent a lot of tim
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